Guana Beer: The Beer From Hojancha That Doesn’t Waste Water

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Q COSTA RICA (by Roberto Acuña Ávalos, Even though its name sounds a bit Spanglish, Guana Beer Company is the product of a Costa Rican marriage. Andrea Leiva and Jose Roberto Gutierrez are from San Jose, but for the last six years they’ve lived in Hojancha.
There they gave life to this craft-beer company that produces 2,000 bottles a month.

In order to make this amount, they need to cook two batches. Each batch requires 2,000 liters of water during the cooling process, meaning that they consume 4,000 liters of water every month.
What happens to the water? Usually it’s discarded, but Guana Beer Company reuses it. Andrea Leiva, chemist by trade, works in the environmental management department at the Municipality of Hojancha.

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